REPORT ON THE CHARGES MADE BY PROVINCIAL
CONSTABLE J. E. KEAYS IN A DOCUMENT OF~
RESIGNATION ADDRESSED TO THE COMMISSIONER .
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE. TORONTO. ONTARIO .
AND DATED AT BELLEVILLE. OCTOBER 30 th. 1948.
THIS DOCUMENT OF RESIGNATION BEARS ON ITS
FACE THE FOLLOWING ANNOTATION; "COPY FOR
THE ATTENTION OF THE HONOURABLE LESLlT"
BLACKWELL. ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR ONTARIO".
TO THE HONOURABLE RAY LAWSON. O.B.E.. LL»D«.
LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR OF THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO .
QUEEN'S PARK. TORONTO .
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR HONOUR:
A Royal Commission was issued under date of
January 6th, 1949, pursuant to Chapter 19 of the Revised
Statutes of Ontario, 1937, 'entitled "The Public Inquiries Act 11 ,
wherein the undersigned was appointed Commissioner and direct-
"to inquire into and report upon any charge or complaint
made against any police officer or public official in
a report made by Provincial Constable J. E. Keays".
As your Commissioner I have the honour to report
that I have made the inquiry as directed, and in that respect
submit to Your Honour the evidence adduced before me, and my
report and conclusions thereon*
I have had the assistance of Mr. Clarence P. Hope, K.C.,
as Commission Counsel; Mr© Bryson C« Donnan, K.C. appeared
personally for and on his own behalf; Mr # Malcolm Robb as
counsel for Inspector Arthur Page, Sergeant A* J. Stringer,
Corporal S« Ervine, Constable James Driscoll, Constable G. R.
Pirdy and Miss M« Dowdell.
The Commission opened and commenced hearings on
February 7th, 1949, and after various adjournments made
necessary to allow your Commissioner to preside at Courts
in accordance with Circuit lists, concluded on April 11th,
1949# The hearings occupied twenty-six days, and so far as
I am aware everyone who it was thought might be able to
throw light on the subjects relative to the inquiry, were
subpoenaed and gave testimony* I feel confident that all
available documents in any way material to the subject-
matter of the inquiry were produced and made exhibits.
The transcription of a verbatim shorthand record
of the oral evidence extended to 4832 pages - a million and
a quarter words, and 204 exhibits.
At the conclusion of the evidence all counsel and
Constable J. E, Keays agreed to submit written arguments,
which arguments, in due course, were received by your
On or about the 30th day of October, 1948, Constable
J. £• Keays tendered his resignation to the Commissioner of
the Ontario Provincial Police at Toronto in a written document
of seventeen pages and embodied therein allegations, serious
and searching in character, against certain public officials
and police officers specifically named therein.
These allegations or charges made by Constable J. E.
Keays were against the Attorney-General of Ontario, B. C. Donnan,
K.C., Crown Attorney for the County of Hastings, William H.
Stringer, Commissioner of the Provincial Police of the
Province of Ontario, Inspector Arthur Page, Sergeant A. J.
Stringer, Corporal Sam Ervine, Constable James Driscoll
and Constable G. R. Purdy*
against or referable to the Honourable the Attorney-
General of Ontario, was that he, the Attorney -General,
made threats to the effect that if Constable Keays could
not substantiate his charges of misconduct against senior
and other officials and members of the Ontario Provincial
Police Jbrce, he, Constable Keays, would be dismissed from
the Service •
I find that no threats were made or intended. The
Attorney-General did place himself on record to the effect
that if Constable J". E. Keays failed to establish the formal
charges which he made he, the Attorney-General, would have
no alternative but to revoke his appointment as a member
, of the Ontario Provincial Police. Clearly, under the then
prevailing circumstances, this was the only action open
to the Attorney-General in the proper execution of his duty.
Concerning Bryson G, Donnan. LC>, Crown Attorney
for the County of Hastings*
The charges against Crown Attorney Donnan fall
under three headings:
(1) General fraud on the public arising out of the Crown
Attorney's activities as solicitor for one Ernest M.
(2) Interference by the said Grown Attorney in almost every
case investigated by Constable J. E. Keays.
(3) Crown Attorney Donnan was a confirmed drunkard, and was
intoxicated during the trial of one Turner, on a criminal
With respect to No. 1, I find as a fact that Crown
Attorney Donnan was instrumental in sending some people, in-
cluding members of his own family, to be treated by Carefoot,
well -knowing that Carefoot did not have a licence to practise
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medicine in the Province of Ontario. (There is no evidence to
the effect that Carefoot was practising medicine, if he did so
practise, for gain )*
In these premises I am of opinion that the action of
Crown Attorney Donnan was imprudent and unfortunate, but under
the circumstances not seriously open to censure. Pursuant to
the terms of employment under which the Grown Attorney for
Hastings County is engaged, he, the Crown Attorney, may, in
addition to his Crown duties, carry on practice in all fields
of legal endeavour other than criminal law. On this bases
B. C. Donnan, K.C., as senior partner in the law firm of Donnan
& Butler, incorporated a company for the said Ernest M* Carefoot
known as Belleville Aqua Vitae Company Limited* He, B. C. Donnan,
or his firm, received in payment therefor five thousand shares of
this company* Not one share of this stock was at any time sold
to the public* This stock was and is worthless* The product
Aqua Vitae was sold to the public for twenty-five cents a gallon
and finally at one dollar a gallon* The venture was unsuccessful
and after a short period of operation, experimental in character,
the product failed to commend itself to the public and thereafter
operations were discontinued*
The evidence reveals no wrong-doing on the part of the
firm of which B* C. Donnan, K.C, was a member, in its legal
services to this limited company. If a fraud were perpetrated
or attempted on the public, there is no evidence which connects
B. C* Donnan, K.C. therewith.
With respect to charge No» 2, namely, that the Crown
Attorney interfered in almost every case investigated by
Constable J". E. Keays, there is no basis in evidence accepted
by your Commissioner for this allegation. My finding is that
the charges under this heading have no foundation in fact and
remain wholly unsupported*
The text of the resignation of Constable Keays
containing such allegations or charges, was filed as
Exhibit 1 in the course of the inquiry, and appears as
Appendix "A" to this my report.
Constable J. E. Soubliere was appointed a Police
Constable of the Ontario Provincial Police on August 1st,
1937 and was posted to Perth District Headquarters on
August 3rd, 1937. On June 15th, 1938 this constable was
transferred to Alexandria and on August 1st, 1939 to
Ottawa. On July 1st, 1940 he was transferred to Rocfcland
and on the 1st of February, 1943, he was transferred to
Perth District Headquarters to take charge of liquor squad
in that district (No. 9). On March 25th, 1943, Constable
Soubliere was re-assigned to general duty at Perth District
Headquarters No* 9« On March 20th, 1944 this constable was
transferred from Perth District Headquarters to Belleville
District Headquarters and on the 15th of January, 1948, at
his own request, he was transferred from Belleville to
Niagara Falls District Headquarters ♦ On April 15th, 1948,
he, Constable Soubliere, was re-transferred to Belleville, this
last transfer being as a result of a medical examination
and recommendation of the Ontario Department of Health. On
June 25th, 1945, Constable John Ernie Soubliere changed his
name (under the provisions of "The Change of Name Act*) to
John Ernest Keays.
The only allegation made by Constable J. E. Keays
With respect to charge No. 3, namely, that Crown
Attorney Donnan is a confirmed drunkard and was intoxicated
during the trial of one Ralph Turner on a criminal charge, I
incorporate the evidence of Constable J. E. Keays (page 463 of
the transcript) which is as follows :-
••During this trial (Rex v. Ralph Turner) the Crown Attorney
was in an intoxicated condition. There were six or seven
witnesses of the ages between 12 and 14 that were left at
the mercy of defence counsel without the Crown being
present in Court but out in the hall having his libations**
Arthur Herman, for thirty-five years a police officer
in Belleville, who, in 1946, retired with the rank of Deputy
Chief, testified as follows:- (page 4026 of the transcription).
•*£♦ You were familiar with the Crown Attorney?
A* Oh, yes.
Q. You have known him for some time?
A* Yes, I knew the one before him and the one before him.
Q. Now, with reference to Mr. Donnan, is it common knowledge
to you, or do you know whether Mr. Donnan even appears in
court in an intoxicated condition?
A* Oh, yes.
A. Oh, yes, oh, yes.
Q. Is that a common occurrence, to your knowledge?
A. Oh, yes.
A. It occurred occasionally. "
The evidence of W. S. Lane, Judge of the County Court
for the County of Prince Edward, who testified in this connection,
is as follows:- (page 2832 of the transcription).
"Q,« Judge Lane, I believe that you stated that you have
presided over the Sessions in Belleville in 1946?
A» With the exception of two trials which were presided
over by Judge Reynolds.
Q # And the indictments were presented by the Crown Attorney
of Hastings County, Mr* Donnan?
Q« And consisted of several charges of gross indecency?
A* Against Mr. Turner*
Q» It has been alleged by Constable Keays that during the
course of these trials the Crown Attorney was intoxicated
in courto What do you say about that?
A* I can say
MR. KEAYS: To be fair, Mr Commissioner, the Crown Attorney
went out on his libations.
THE WITNESS: The Crown Attorney, in my opinion, was not
intoxicated at any time during these trials. If he had
been, I would have asked him to remove himself.
<^» I would expect that because it is known that you do not
A* That is right , M
I must decline to accept as absolute, evidence such as that
of Arthur Herman which presents conclusions (rather than facts from
which certain conclusions may follow) especially when such con-
clusions may be based on shadowy inference or unsubstantial conjecture,
moreover, when such evi dence is in direct conflict with that of the
Judge who presided at the trial of the criminal action (Rex v» Ralph
Turner) which action was the basis of the charge of Constable J. E.
Concerning the Commissioner of Provincial Police
William Holebrook Stringer:
In paragraph 55 of Exhibit 1, Constable J. E. Keays charges
in unequivocal language that W* H» Stringer, Commissioner of
Provincial Police, made false representations against him to
the Attorney-General of Ontario, and that the Commissioner
suppressed evidence referable to the Constable H. H. Dent
In 1938, before W» H« Stringer was made Commissioner,
one W« J. Major, President of the Glengarry Liberal Association,
complained to Major-Gene ral Victor Williams, the then Commissioner,
that Constable Soubliere was not properly carrying out his duties
in the vicinity of Alexandria where he, Soubliere, was then stationed.
An investigation was ordered before Thomas William Cousans , Inspector
of the district in which Soubliere was operating* Inspector Cousans 1
finding was that the complaints were not of a substantial character
and largely without foundation in fact.
On December 3rd, 1938, Mr* E* A. MoGillivray, Liberal
Member of the Provincial Parliament for the County of Glengarry,
wrote to the Attorney-General for Ontario (The Honourable Gordon D.
Conant, K.C*) concerning Constable Soubliere* This letter, Ex-
hibit 188, is as follows :-
"Dear Mr* Conant:
This will reply to your letter of December 1st, with
Inspector Cousan f s report attached*
It is the most natural thing in the world that Constable
Soubliere* s superior should hasten to his defense and he is to
be commended for doing so.
Now let us endeavour to get away from the legal aspect of
this case and discuss it from a common horse-sense angle* In
passing, permit me to make this cursory observation: if there
was more of this unexcelled quality of common horse-sense
permeating the Ontario police Force it is altogether probable
"we wouldn't be having this difficulty now.
Mr. Major living on a farm in a remote corner
of the County, seldom comes in contact with the outside
world; has knowledge of the facts of this case which
starts and ends at his mail box* I am familiar with only
one of Mr. Major 1 s complaints that of Mr. D. J. McDonald 1 s,
Grocer* Mr. McDonald who is a sick man was so rattled
when he found himself in the clutches of the law that he
became panicky and pleaded guilty. He hit a soft shoulder,
ran off the road into the ditch where he turned over. There
was no other car involved nor was anybody injured as in
the case of Mr. Clarence McMillan, but no evidence of
speed* A charge of reckless driving was laid against him,
which, according to some of the officials of your depart-
ment is unjust and the wrong interpretation of the Act« I
did not discuss this particular case with any of them,
but rather, all other cases in which no other cars were
involved and no damage done a second party 1 s property.
However, I was just trying to give you a clear ex-
planation of what occurred to Mr» McDonald as I know it.
I am not going to enter into an argument or legal
technicalities with you or any one employed in your
The truth of the matter is this; Constable
Soubliere is an arrogant, swash-buckling police officer,
one who always has law enforcement on parade, and never
forgets to strut his authority and v&o thinks nothing of
travelling on highways and through towns at an excessive
rate of speed* He also has been known to frequently
park his car on the wrong side of a street. I know this
from personal knowledge.
■ I wish to have it clearly understood and I am
not personally prejudiced against this man, but rather,
I have come to his defense on such numerous occasions
and I have been so busy investigating complaints that
there were times when I thought I was Mr* Conant or
General Williams himself* Some of the complaints were
entirely fabricated while others were only too correct;
the one about the priest, however, was false - thank
Heaven for that*
I have been criticised, scarified and chastised
on this constable's account. He knows this because I
have conveyed this information to him in person.
I repeat I bear Soubliere no malice or grudge,
and, 1 only hope I say nothing which will smear his
record as a man. Whatever happens, my worst wish for him
is that he continues on the Ontario Provincial Police
Force. However, the people have turned against him due
to his reprehensible methods and he will never receive
from them that extent of co-operation which is so essential
for any officer of tte Law to have, if he ever expects to
have an infinite measure of success in the enforcement of
the law* His effectiveness in Glengarry, from now on is null
and void* He created this situation himself, not you or
I Mr. Conant* So, in the light of this, Soubliere 1 s
removal from this particular zone is not only desirable
but it is inevitable* He might make an excellent officer
dealing with gangsters in a large city but his haughty
methods are utterly foreign to the simple minds of
plebeians from the hinterland.
I fought the citizens on this problem from the
Yery first week Soubliere was here, until just a few short
weeks ago when the last shred of my resistance was cut
"from its moorings and caught up in the vortex of public
indignation* I have done what I could for this man* I
can do no more*
The Senior Executive of the Liberal Party wanted
to send a resolution of protest to the Commissioner but
I quashed it* The business men who maintain this Con-
stable is driving trade to other centres, threaten to
circulate a petition through the county in an effort to
rid the district of him; I counselled against this.
Prominent residents of the riding were prepared to take
individual action - I persuaded them not to do so* But,
now, I can hold them back no longer. You will be treat-
ing direct with public opinion, from this moment on, if
you heed not my request* I am simply the voice of the
people. So do you think in your wisdom, Mr* Conant, we
should listen to this voice? Or should we turn a deaf ear
Constable Soubliere's immediate predecessor was too
fond of a soft time - this chap is over zealous - a
"galloping Cossack*. Is it not possible to have a middle-
of-the-road-man? We desire law enforcement in Glengarry -
yes, but, we feel certain the law can be enforced with
courteous and human understanding, and I am sure we are
Thanking you for the time you have allotted to the
reading of this manifesto, I am»
(signed) E. A. MacGillivray
E. A. MacGILLIVRAY,
Member for the County of
Doubtless this letter is not wholly without merit, but it cannot be
characterized as exhibiting masterly understatement.
On August 1st, 1940, William H. Stringer, Commissioner
of Provincial Police, wrote to the District Inspector at Perth
(Cousans) concerning Provincial Constable Soubliere, Exhibit 198,
of which the following is an extract :-
"Provincial Constable J. E. Soubliere,
" It has been drawn to my attention that Provincial
Constable Soubliere, now stationed at Rockland, is not
using tact in his handling of the general public in
that district •
It is fully appreciated that Constable Soubliere
is an excellent officer and I would suggest that you
contact him personally and bring his attention to the
fact that an over-bearing attitude towards the public
is not conducive to good criminal investigation and
I think that if this attitude is corrected it would
add considerably to Soubliere 1 s success in investiga-
tions of criminal matters."
During 1942, Constable Soubliere wrote to Inspector
Cousans asking to be transferred to the Criminal Investigation
Branch at Toronto, This application. was forwarded by Inspector
Cousans to Commissioner of Provincial Police William H. Stringer.
In January 1943, the then Attorney-General (Honourable G. D. Conant)
ordered the formation of a liquor squad, and Constable Soubliere
was chosen as a member of that squad. After attending a school
of instruction for two weeks, which was held at the Parliament
Buildings, Toronto, he, Soubliere, was posted to Perth and
functioned out of that district headquarters covering the entire
district. After the expiration of six weeks, as a result of
complaints received by the Department of the Attorney-General,
Constable Soubliere was taken off the liquor squad and reassigned
to Perth. In the spring of 1944, Constable Soubliere was trans-
ferred to Belleville under Inspector Storey, where he appears to
have done useful work. During this period, no complaints
concerning Constable Soubliere reached the Commissioner of
In 1946, Constable J. E. Keays had a period of ill
health and the Commissioner, after examining various medical
reports and after a period of sick leave, concluded Keays was
not able physically to stand the strain of duty in the Criminal
Investigation Branch, During the year 1946, Staff Inspector
Creasy, following an inspection of District No, 8 (Belleville) ,
reported an interview with the Crown Attorney of and for the
County of Hastings. This report, addressed to William H. Stringer,
Commissioner of Provincial Police, was dated August 23rd, 1946,
and paragraph 3 of this report, referable to an interview between
Inspector F. P. Creasy and the Crown Attorney of and for the
County of Hastings, is as follows :-
"All the Crown Attorneys were interviewed and they
reported very favorably on the men in the District
excepting Colonel B. C. Donnan, K.C. of Belleville.
His complaint was that Provincial Constable Keays,
whilst an excellent investigator and an energetic
officer, would appear to allow his enthusiasm to
override his good judgment in many cases. He is
one of the unfortunate type who does not seem to be
able to get along with any other constables or
apparently with the Crown Attorneys, and seems to
undo all his excellent investigation work by causing
trouble in the District between the men and himself
and between the Crown Attorneys and himself. The
Crown Attorney and the District Inspector both requested
that the man be transferred out of the District as he
was spoiling the esprit de corps of the Force in general.
It is unfortunate that a man of his ability should be
so lacking as to almost become a general nuisance in
In the autumn of 1947, the Commissioner of Provincial
Police was advised by Sergeant Ervin F. Hartleib that Constable
Keays reported interference by one Colonel Vandewater referable
to a charge of drunk driving against one LeRoy Woods. The
Commissioner of Provincial Police advised Sergeant Hartleib
to advise Constable Keays that he would not tolerate interference
by anybody in the carrying out of any investigation by a member
of the Provincial Police Force, and to continue the investigation,
submit all his reports to the Crown Attorney, in the usual manner,
and to assist him if necessary in the handling of the case.
The Commissioner of Provincial Police, on returning
to Toronto, instructed Inspector Everett T. Doyle to make a
thorough investigation of this alleged interference. Para-
graph 18 of the report of Staff Inspector E. T. Doyle is as
follows : -
n I discussed the Woods matter with the County
Crown Attorney Colonel Donnan and he advised me that
it was true that Colonel Vanderwater did make repre-
sentations on behalf of Leroy Woods for the reason
that Colonel Vanderwater is interested in ex-service
men and that this particular accused person is an
ex-serviceman who Is suffering from some sort of
mental and physical disability. He also advised
that the charge under Section 285 (4) Criminal Code,
would be proceeded with and in his opinion there is
sufficient evidence to convict. He said there was
no political interference, that representations of
this kind were common."
I find as a fact that the discussion between Colonel
Vandewater and Crown Attorney Donnan referable to Rex v. LeRoy Woods
has been by the charges of Constable J. E. Keays magnified and
distorted to a degree totally unwarranted by the facts as adduced
in evidence before me and quite without justification.
The investigation of Staff Inspector Doyle revealed the
functioning of a detachment within district headquarters, which
occasioned the issuance of a circular (Exhibit 157) by the
Commissioner of Provincial Police directing a discontinuance
of such internal organization.
This report dealt with several other matters which
have come up in this investigation, including that of Constable
Gerald Reid Purdy, a new member of the Force, who it appears
was completely inexperienced and uninformed referable to the
proper writing of a police report. The inescapable conclusion,
from a careful reading of Exhibit 156, is to the effect that
the organization and functioning of the Provincial Police in
that district at that time was not one hundred per cent.
In December 1947, Constable J. E. Keays, through his
District Inspector William Arthur Page, asked for a transfer
to another district. The Commissioner of Provincial Police,
anxious to help Keays, decided to send him to Niagara Falls
under Inspector Christopher F. Airey, concerning whom Constable
J. E. Keays spoke most highly. This transfer was to be effective
on January 15th, 1948. On his arrival at Niagara Falls, Constable
Keays drafted a memorandum, which he addressed to Staff Inspector
Doyle, dealing with certain aspects of the LeRoy Woods case, to
which further reference will hereinafter be made. In this
memorandum Constable Keays, among other matters, charged that
Corporal Sam Ervine and Constable Purdy had committed perjury.
After perusal of this memorandum, the Commissioner of Provincial
Police despatched Staff Inspector Moss to Niagara Falls to make
a complete and thorough investigation. The circumstances were
such that, after a searching investigation by Staff Inspector Moss,
no action in the premises was indicated. In the course of a few
days thereafter, Inspector Airey phoned Commissioner Stringer
advising that Constable Keays appeared to be going out of his
mind. He, Inspector Airey, advised the Commissioner of Provincial
Police that Constable Keays was crying continuously and failed to
give any reason for his distress. The Commissioner of Provincial
Police instructed Constable Airey to treat Constable Keays with
the utmost kindness and consideration, which instructions were
duly and thoroughly carried out by Inspector Airey. Shortly
thereafter, Inspector Airey reported to Commissioner Stringer
suggesting that Constable Keays be transferred to Peterborough,
in order to be near his family who were then living in Belleville.
Commissioner Stringer communicated with Inspector McNeill of
Peterborough, who indicated that he would not accept Constable Keays
in his district under any consideration whatsoever. In these
circumstances, Commissioner Stringer decided to have Constable Keays
examined by the Department of Health in Toronto. On February 18th,
1948, this examination was made, and one Dr. A. W. Sturgeon reported
for the Department of Health as follows :-
"MEMORANDUM TO:- Deputy Commissioner W. C. Killing,
Ontario Provincial Police.
Confirming our telephone conversation of this
afternoon in respect of Constable J. E. Keays.
This man, in our opinion, should be granted
leave-of -absence for a period of at least fourteen
days. A posting at the end of this period is advised
somewhere in the area in which his family is living
and from where he has recently been removed.
"A. W. STURGEON"
A. W. Sturgeon, M.D.,
For Medical Director. M
In March 1948, Commissioner Stringer interviewed Constable Keays
at Niagara Falls. He, Commissioner Stringer, approached this
interview with the utmost kindness and consideration. Owing to
the extreme difficulty Constable Keays experienced in getting
accommodation, his subsistence allowance was continued indefinitely,
and Constable Keays was urged to try to co-operate with the
Inspector and the other Police Officers in the district, in a word,
to start afresh. In April, Commissioner Stringer, pursuant to
the recommendation of the medical officers ret ransf erred Constable
Keays to Belleville in order that he should be near his family.
This transfer became effective on April 15th, 1948. A letter
marked "confidential** written by the Commissioner of Provincial
Police to the District Inspector, No. 8 District, Belleville,
Ontario, referable to this transfer, (Exhibit 194) is as follows :-
" No, 549 Provincial Constable J. E. Keays
This is to advise you that Provincial Constable
J. E. Keays of Niagara Falls District Headquarters
is transferred to No. 9 District.
This move is to be made following medical instruc-
tions from the Department of Health that it is essential
in Keays* best physical and mental interests to be
transferred to a locality where his family at present
It is quite obvious that Keays is unable to secure
housing accommodation for his family, which is a large
one, in another district and I feel there is no other
place where we can post him if we are to carry out the
Department of Health instructions.
The transfer will be effective as from 15th April 1948.
You will post Constable Keays in whatever detachment
in your district which may be in close proximity to where
Keays lives. If it is your decision to retain him at
District Headquarters you will point out to him that
he is there to obey orders and not to give them.
Previous investigations by the staff indicate that
Keays had a habit of ordering other constables about
and it should be obvious to you, your Sergeant, and
Corporal that any orders dealing with the administration
of the Force locally must emanate from yourself or,
in your absence, from your Sergeant."
The District Inspector at Belleville strongly objected to
this transfer. Some short time afterwards, the Commissioner
of Police for Ontario received a letter from Inspector Page
indicating that he, Page, intended to prohibit Constable Keays
from driving automobiles, whereupon Commissioner Stringer
ordered a correction to the effect that Constable Keays
should be treated the same as any other constable and should
not be put under such prohibition at all. Finally, after
conferences with Inspector Trimble, the Commissioner of Police
for Ontario directed that Constable Keays, because of his
knowledge of the Criminal Code and of District No. 8 (Belleville) ,
should be placed in the radio room as a despatcher. This was
forthwith done. On July 2nd, 1948, the Commissioner of Police
for Ontario was present at the official opening of the radio
communication system of District No. 8 (Belleville) . On that
occasion, Inspector Page advised Commissioner Stringer that
Constable Keays would like to see the Commissioner in his office
after the termination of the opening proceedings. Accompanied
by Inspector Thomas H. Trimble, the Commissioner of Police for
Ontario went to the office of Inspector Page to interview
Constable Keays. Commissioner Stringer said to Constable Keays,
"I understand you would like to speak to me, Constable Keays."
Constable Keays said, "Yes, I would." Commissioner Stringer:
"What is it in connection with?" Constable Keays said , "I am
a discredited officer, I am not permitted to drive cars, I am
in that radio room, I don't like the work and I want to do
something else." The Commissioner then said to him, "You
are doing very good work in this radio room, a short time
ago you set up a road block in Prince Edward County which
resulted in the capture of several bandits and I would like
you to continue in that work and co-operate with us as I know
you have abilities along that line." Constable Keays said,
"I don't like this work." The Commissioner of Provincial
Police then inquired if Constable Keays had anything further
to say, and Constable Keays replied, "No, nothing else, but
I still don't like this work and I want to be moved out."
The Commissioner then pointed out to Constable Keays that
he must obey lawful orders; that others were doing the
same thing and were not complaining. The Commissioner
said, "If you cannot obey our lawful orders I am suggesting
that you resign from this Force." At this time, according
to Commissioner Stringer, Constable Keays changed his voice
into a loud tone and said, "There is going to be an explosion
around here. There is a letter going to Mr. Oliver about
this case." The Commissioner of Police said, "Please clarify
what you are talking about." Constable Keays said, "You will
hear about it later", and went out of the room. Then, on
November 3rd, Commissioner Stringer received a copy of Exhibit 1
from the Deputy Commissioner. The copy received by the
Commissioner bore an annotation indicating that a copy had
been sent to the Department of the Attorney -General.
The evidence establishes conclusively, and I find
as a fact, that William H. Stringer, the Commissioner of
Provincial Police, is a most upright, honest and efficient
executive; that he, the Commissioner, for a period of years
supported and defended Constable Keays, whom he regarded
as a police officer of exceptional promise and for whose
ability and capacity he, the Commissioner, had much respect.
I further find as a fact that throughout the entire
service of Constable J. E. Keays with the Provincial Police,
Constable Keays was shown the greatest kindness and given
the utmost consideration by Commissioner W. H. Stringer.
The Commissioner exemplified not only intimate concern
but tender solicitude for the welfare of this Constable.
I further find that, until destroyed by the conduct of
Constable Keays, Commissioner Stringer had unbounded
confidence in his ability and capacity, and that the
Commissioner supported and defended Constable Keays
until defence was hopeless and confidence unsupportable .
I find as a fact that the allegations in Exhibit 1 to the
effect that Commissioner W. H. Stringer made false repre-
sentations to the Honourable the Attorney-General for Ontario
are wholly without foundation in fact. And I further
find that the charge that Commissioner W. H. Stringer
suppressed evidence in the Dent murder inquiry, or any
aspect thereof, has been in no way established and
on the evidence is entirely and completely negatived
Concerning t he M urder of Pr ovincial Constable H. H. Dent.
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June 20th. 1940, Sergeant J. A. Stringer, and John Maki :
On June 20th, 1940, Provincial Constable H. H. Dent,
of Rockland, was shot and killed at Navan Station by a foreigner,
whose suspicious actions Constable Dent was investigating, A
short time later, during flight, this assailant, who was later
identified as John Maki (a Finlander, of Montreal), was shot
and killed by Acting Sergeant J, A. Stringer who had pursued
the murderer and overtook him in a wood a mile or a mile and
a half distant from Navan Station. Sergeant Stringer, who
was stationed at Timmins, Ontario, and spending his annual
leave at Navan, had responded to a general alarm sent out
following the shooting of Constable Dent. Sergeant Stringer
hurried to Navan Station and found Constable Dent lying on
the floor of that building, conscious and composed, but mortally
wounded and in the agony of approaching death. Constable
Dent gave Sergeant Stringer a general description of his
assailant, and gave Stringer his revolver and told Sergeant
Stringer that he would find a box of ammunition in his, Dent's,
motor car nearby. Sergeant Stringer, having secured Dent's
revolver and ammunition, pursued Dent's assailant across a
field and into an adjacent bush. The assailant, Maki,
was armed with a .45 calibre Colt automatic pistol, and
fired at least three shots at Sergeant Stringer. He, Stringer,
was able to follow the course taken by the assailant Maki
by the disturbed dew on the vegetation and leaves of the
underbrush. Sergeant Stringer, with marked coolness,
courage and determination, stalked the assailant Maki and
located him standing on a log looking in the general direction
of Stringer's location. At this time, a shot was fired in
the direction of Sergeant Stringer by the assailant Maki.
Stringer dropped and remained motionless for a time, mean-
while keeping his eye on the assailant Maki who was peering
in the general direction of where he had seen Stringer.
Sergeant Stringer shouted to Maki, at which time Maki
raised his right arm as if about to fire. Sergeant
Stringer, taking careful aim, fired and shot Maki through
the head. At that instant, Maki's pistol was also fired.
Some further shots were fired by Sergeant Stringer in the
general direction of Maki f s location.
Following the shooting of Constable Dent, in answer
to the general alarm to all police forces within the vicinity
of Navan, a group of constables hurried to that locality from
Ottawa. Among these constables was Provincial Constable
J. E. Keays (or P.O. Soubliere, as he then was). With Con-
stable Keays was detective Stoneraan, of the Ottawa City Police,
who was in plain clothing. Detective Stoneman and one George
Sidney Smith, a local farmer at Navan, proceeded into the bush
toward where Sergeant Stringer and the desperado were supposed
to be. Constable Keays, who was in uniform and armed, re-
mained at or near the roadside. Neither Detective Stoneraan
nor Smith were armed. Detective Stoneman and Smith came to
the place where Sergeant Stringer was keeping watch, near
where the assailant Maki had dropped. Stoneman and Stringer
then moved forward, finding that Sergeant Stringer 1 s shot had
passed through Maki*s head killing him instantly. After a
short investigation at the scene of the shooting, Smith re-
turned to the place where he had left Constable Keays
(Soubliere) and told Keays, "Come on in. Everything is all
right. The man is dead." Further investigations were made,
and subsequently, on the 9th day of JUly, 19A-0, a coroner f s
jury returned a verdict as follows:-
VERDICT OF JURY IN DENT MURDER AS TAKEN FROM PROV.
CONST. SOUBLIERE'S REPORT DATED JULY 17TH. 1940.
"We the jury find that Provincial Constable H. Dent,
Rockland, was murdered in the Navan Railway Station
on June 20th. by John Miki, 52 year old Finn, and
that the shooting of Miki an hour later, in a nearby
bush, by Sergeant J. A. Stringer was justifiable
homicide. Further that the death of Constable
Dent was due to internal hemorrhage caused by two
bullet wounds in the abdomen, and the death of Miki
was a result of one shot being fired through the
Constable J. E. Keays, in his letter of resignation (Exhibit
1) paragraphs 60, 61 and 62, says as follows :-
w 60. Unless the Commissioner is of the opinion
that I caused dissension while stationed at Ottawa,
by the fact that, during the course of an investigat-
ion of which I was in charge, a Provincial Constable
shot and killed a man, and as the result of false
statements which he released to the press and sub-
mitted to the authorities, he subsequently had to
repeat these statements before a Jury in order to
protect his actions, and placed me in a very pre-
61. After placing the facts before His Honour Judge
C. W. A. MARION, the Crown Attorney, and the District
Inspector, I gave notice before them that if I was
expected to commit perjury before a Jury in order
to cover up the officer involved, I would turn in
62. The District Inspector communicated with
the Commissioner who directed that my evidence
be subdued, and, as a result, another officer had
to take my place in order to produce certain ex-
hibits in my possession. In the witness stand,
this officer was asked the same questions I an-
ticipated. The Jury was deprived of certain
evidence, and, the officer involved was promoted.
It will be noted that 2 weeks later the District
Inspector apologized to me for his attitude in
connection with this investigation,"
The charges made by Constable J. E. Keays
referable to Sergeant Stringer and the H. H. Dent murder
case, as set forth in Exhibit 1, justly deserve unqualified
condemnation. The intrepidity, courage, resourcefulness
and sound judgment of Sergeant Stringer was highly commend-
able and fully warranted the distinction later awarded him
for outstanding merit in this daring enterprise. The
allegations of Constable Keays are completely unsupported
by reliable evidence — indeed they have been affirmatively
disproved in their entirety.
Concerning the Incident of LeRoy Woods :
About 7.20 P.M. Tuesday, November 4th, 1947, Pro-
vincial Constable Keays received a telephone call from one,
Mr. Bruce Pine, alleging that Pine had observed an automobile
being driven by a person unknown, north on Number 14 Highway
about three miles north of Belleville, in a manner which in-
dicated that the driver might be intoxicated. Provincial
Constable Keays, accompanied by provincial constable G. R.
purdy, set out in a police car to investigate the complaint.
The car referred to by Pine in his complaint to Keays was
found just off the highway in a gateway to the farm of one,
0. C. Chisholm. It was learned that one LeRoy Woods,
owned the vehicle in question and was its driver at the
time that Bruce Pine referred to in his complaint.
LeRoy woods was placed under arrest by Constable
Keays and taken to Belleville and placed in the city police
cells. On November 5th, he was charged with having the
care or control of an automobile whilst intoxicated, under
the provisions of section 285 (4) of the Criminal Code,
and that morning was released on bail. On November 6th,
a further charge of dangerous driving under section 285 (6)
of the Criminal Code was laid against Woods.
About two weeks later, commissioner W. H. Stringer
of the Ontario provincial Police, passed through Belle-
ville and stopped at District Headquarters there. Sergeant
Ervine F. Hartleib, temporarily in charge of the district,
informed commissioner Stringer that there was apparently
political interference by one, colonel Vandewater, in
connection with the prosecution of the woods Case, sergeant
Hartleib was simply retailing to commissioner Stringer allegat-
ions made by Constable Keays to Sergeant Hartleib. as a result
of the allegations made by Constable Keays through Sergeant Hartleib,
Commissioner Stringer immediately detailed Staff Inspector E. T.
Doyle to proceed to Belleville for the purpose of making an
investigation into the alleged interference, whose report dated
November 28th, 1947, is made Exhibit 156 in this inquiry.
The LeRoy Woods case came to trial before Magistrate
T. T. Wills in December 1947, and his written judgment was given
on January 29th, 1948. In his judgment he acquitted Woods of
the charge under section 285 (4) of the Criminal Code and con-
victed Woods under section 285 (6) of the Criminal Code.
In January of 1948, Provincial Constable Keays made
further allegations with respect to the LeRoy Woods case. These
allegations are contained in a letter address/ to Staff Inspector
E. T. Doyle and, without going into detail, Constable Keays
alleges that the Crown Attorney, B. C. Donnan, misconducted the
case by failing to call witnesses who could give relevant evidence
and by issuing instructions that both charges against LeRoy woods
Constable Keays also alleges that Constable G. R. Purdy
submitted false reports in connection with the LeRoy Woods case,
and that Provincial Constable S. Ervine committed perjury at the
hearing of the LeRoy Woods case. It is admitted by Constable Purdy
that he altered in a material aspect his report of this case required
by the Department of Highways in connection with motor accidents.
This alteration was based on subsequent information after fuller
inquiry, and was made for the express purpose of making the said
report conform to the facts. Constable Keays further charged
that Provincial Constable Sam Ervine falsified his diary to
support his alleged perjury at the hearing before Magistrate Wills.
The Commissioner of Police for Ontario, William H. Stringer,
ordered Staff Inspector A. Moss to make a thorough and searching
investigation into the allegations of Constable Keays. This
investigation was completed on January 30th, 1948 (Exhibit 163
in this inquiry). Staff Inspector Moss was unable to find any
evidence sufficient to substantiate the allegations of Constable
I find as a fact that pursuant to fuller information
received by Constable Purdy, he did make a material alteration
in his report to the Provincial Department of Highways. I find
further as a fact that this was done through inability on the part
of Constable Purdy to measure and comprehend the probable con-
sequences of such conduct. The responsibility for such lack of
accurate information on the part of junior constables must rest
on the officers and non-commissioned officers of the district
concerned. It is abundantly clear from the evidence, and all
the surrounding circumstances that Constable Purdy neither apprec-
iated nor intended any wrongdoing, much less deception, by this
irregular and, ordinarily indefensible, conduct. The charges of
perjury and falsification of documents (diary) made by Constable
Keays against Constable Sam Ervine have been in no way established
in evidence and completely fail by way of proof.
Concerning the Gerald Holdenbeck Incident:
This was a matter in which one, Gerald Holdenbeck, driver
of a Rathbun bus operating between Trenton and Belleville, was
involved in an accident on Number 2 Highway, near the Ontario school
for the Deaf, about one-half mile west of Belleville, on Thursday,
August 7th, 1947, at approximately 12.55 A.M. Holdenbeck apparently
was driving the bus with a defective lighting system. He ran into
and injured one James Tweedy, a young man of about twenty years of
age, who, as a result of such injuries, died shortly after arrival
at the hospital.
Shortly after the accident, Provincial Constable Keays
appeared and started an investigation. Provincial Constable
Driscoll also appeared on the scene and was told by Constable Keays
that his services were not needed as he, Keays, with Provincial
Constable Gagne, would conduct the investigation. Constable Keays,
in paragraph 33 of Exhibit 1, alleges that Provincial Constable
Driscoll made a false accusation against Keays by stating that he,
Keays, was drunk at the scene of the investigation into the Holdenbeck
accident, and as a result of that accusation, Crown Attorney B.C.Donnan
withdrew the information against Holdenbeck, wherein Holdenbeck was
charged with dangerous driving under section 285 (6) of the Criminal Code.
Crown Attorney B.C.Donnan, in his evidence, indicates that
he was in some doubt as to the proper charge to be laid in connection
with the Holdenbeck case. The Crown Attorney corresponded with the
officials of the Attorney-General's Department as to the proper charge
to be laid and, after some delay, it was decided that a charge should
be proceeded with as a summary conviction matter under section 285 (6)
of the Criminal Code. A good deal of time had elapsed, and when the
charge was finally laid, the six months' limitation period provided by
the Code for summary conviction matters had elapsed and it was im-
possible to proceed with the charge. On the hearing before Magistrate
T. Y. Wills, the defence counsel raised as a defence the statute of
limitations with respect to summary conviction matters, and as a
result Crown Attorney Donnan withdrew the charge on the suggestion of
the Magistrate rather than have it dismissed in the event that it was
later decided to proceed by way of indictment*
There was no evidence presented on this inquiry sufficient
to warrant a finding that Constable Driscoll reported that Constable
Keays was under the influence of liquor at the scene of the investi-
gation into the Holdenbeck incident, or on any other occasion.
Concerning Nathan Ledgin and Sam Apple:
Constable Keays' allegations with respect to this matter
are contained in paragraph 33 of Exhibit 1, as follows :-
"It is evident that Prov. Const. DRISCOLL has acquired a
tendency to be treacherous with police matters as verified
by the fact that in 1944, he submitted a false report in
an investigation, and had a junior R.C.M.P. member submit
a false report to his H.Q. in order to cover up his
(DRISCOLL) actions which resulted in a municipality
losing a $500*00 fine, and 2 R.C.M.P. members transferred
from the Belleville area. The municipality involved demanded
the transcription of Prov. Const. DRISCOLL's evidence, obtained
an affidavit from one witness, and would have taken action if
they had had my evidence to substantiate their findings. The
matter was referred to the District Inspector."
On November 1st, 1944, Provincial Constable J.B.Driscoll, assist-
ed by Constable Morris Kennedy of the R.C.M.P., seized a Ford coupe in
the City of Belleville, containing a quantity of Quebec liquor. Nathan
Ledgin and Sam Apple were charged under The Liquor Control Act, and
Ledgin was, on November 2nd, convicted and fined Five Hundred Dollars
and costs and the liquor and vehicle confiscated. The charge against
Apple was withdrawn.
Normally, in a seizure of this kind, made in a municipality
which has its own police department, the case would have been handed
over to the municipal police to prosecute, but in this case, on the
instructions of the then District Inspect H. Storey (since deceased)
the Provincial Police carried the case to its conclusion. On November
2nd, Ledgin was fined Five Hundred Dollars and costs and the liquor and
car confiscated, and the charge against Apple was withdrawn. The fine
thus went to the Provincial Government. It was a matter over which
Constable Driscoll had no control, as he was only a Constable and
subject to the instructions of his superior officers.
Irrespective of the specific claims made by the Provincial
Government and the municipality referable to the proceeds of this
Five Hundred Dollar fine, which in no way comes within the purview of
this inquiry, I can find no evidence, direct or by way of inference,
sufficient to support the charges made by Constable Keays in paragraph
33 of Exhibit 1, and I find such charges completely unsupported by
There are several other allegations or charges in Exhibit 1,
including the Badgley case, with which it is unnecessary specifically
to deal. Suffice it is to say that they have no foundation in the
evidence accepted by me, and are wholly and completely without justi-
fication or merit.
I am of the opinion that it is both expedient and
desirable to make a careful appreciation of the attributes and
limitations of Constable J. E. Keays referable to capacity,
integrity, capability, loyalty, and his ability and desire to
co-operate with other members of the Ontario Provincial Police
in the performance of their individual and conjoint duties.
The capacity of Constable J, E. Keays by way of
intellectual endowment, mental equipment and qualifications
as to industry, willingness, devotion to duty and zeal in the
performance of police duty, is abundantly apparent and recog-
nized and freely admitted by his superiors and associates.
In the realm of public or private endeavour, in-
tegrity is a necessary quality but especially so in the
sphere of action assigned to police activities. In Constable
J. E. Keays this "condition precedent" to effective police
work is, in my opinion, open to grave question. Integrity
in a police officer is lacking, if, when arriving at conclus-
ions, the entirety of the facts is not taken into consideration
unhindered by any extraneous or subjective consideration.
Outstanding, especially when referable to resource-
fulness, pertinacity and application. He is bilingual, has
an accurate knowledge of the nicety of distinction in language,
and subject to certain limitations expressly hereinafter men-
tioned, writes a highly intelligent and well-considered report.
Here the evidence discloses that Constable J. E.
Keays is not on all occasions trustworthy. A careful review
of all the evidence directs me unhesitatingly to the conclusion
that where his interest, as conceived by him, comes into con-
flict with his duty, the latter is likely to suffer.
Loyalty and Co-operation :
Whether due to excessive zeal or mis-directed
energy, or a combination of the two, there is clearly a
tendency to attribute improper and ulterior motives to those
with whom he does not agree. This unfortunate character-
istic greatly limits his usefulness, stimulates friction
and irritation and jeopardizes the efficiency and general
well-being of the force. His ambition to achieve distinct-
ion and his desire to control the direction of any invest-
igation in which he is associated with others, drastically
impairs his capacity and usefulness for effective co-
operation with other members of the force,
I am not unaware of the gravity of certain aspects
of my findings but in support thereof I call an array of ad-
missions by Constable J. E. Keays which is formidable and
damaging evidence. This circumstance, reinforced by evidence
adverse to the sworn testimony of Constable Keays, confirms
beyond rational peradventure the irresistible conclusions
hereinbefore written. Amongst other matters in evidence
I note —
(a) The admission by Constable J. E. Keays that with
deliberation he breached the sworn oath of secrecy
(page 1301 of the transcription of evidence) :-
"Oath of Office and Secrecy
"I, John Ernie KEAYS do swear that I will faithfully
discharge my duties as a civil servant and except
as I may be legally authorized or required I will
not disclose or give to any person any information
or document that comes to my knowledge or possess-
ion by reason of my being a civil servant. So help
"SWORN before me at the
city of Niagara Falls, Ont.
in the County of Welland
this 1st day of April 194S
»F. F. Forestell*
"CROWN ATTORNEY WELLAND"
♦ J. E. Keays*
Q. The date?
A. 1st day of April,
Q. Before or after your interview with the two
representatives in Toronto?
Q. May I take it from your manner of reading that
you were guilty of any breach of this document
in communicating with these two officials of the
Toronto Daily Star?
A. Well —
Q. You have decided that you breached that oath of
allegiance and oath of secrecy to which you swore?
A. I did most definitely.
Q. Is that a valid oath before Mr. Forestell?
A. It is, sir.
Q. Within two months after swearing it, or three
months, you deliberately breached it?
A. deliberately 1 is the right word."
(b) The sworn evidence of Constable Keays that he did not
go to the newspaper press.
(c) The evidence of Constable Keays under oath that George
Smith was not called as a witness at the inquest into
the shooting of Police Constable H. H # Dent on July
9th, 1940, Admittedly George Smith was called as a
witness and gave evidence at this inquest,
(d) The sworn testimony of Constable Keays that he broke a
branch or twig and passed it through Maki f s head immed-
iately after the shooting of Maki by Sergeant Stringer.
INTEGRITY OF UNIFORM
On many occasions Constable J. E. Keays referred to
the integrity of the uniform and the justification of his con-
duct in its defence. It is but a truism and in all probability
recognized by anyone with an intellect as acute as Constable
Keays that the prestige and dignity of the uniform is in no
way more seriously jeopardized than by disloyalty to those
who have been placed in authority by His Majesty in the right
of a duly constituted Government.
The ability in the realm of police activities and
the capacity for effective investigation, vigilance and resource-
fulness of Constable Keays is exemplified, even demonstrated,
by ten commendations awarded him by District Inspectors in
almost every theatre in which he served. A list of such
commendations appears as appendix 2 to this Report.
Notwithstanding the capability and general capacity
of Constable J. E. Keays, I an bound to the conclusion that
his services cannot, in the interest of the Provincial Police Force
for Ontario, be retained. The charges and allegations of
wrong-doing, pre jury, deceit, inefficiency, impartiality
and incapacity against public officials and police officers
so emphatically made, urged and confidently reiterated by
this police officer, remain wholly unsupported and completely
without vindication, justification, mitigation or excuse.
Your Commissioner therefore recommends that for
cause, the services of John Ernest Keays in the Provincial
Police Force for Ontario should be forthwith terminated* In
view of his past service, it is further recommended that
all moneys paid by him towards a pension or retirement fund,
should, with accrued interest, be repaid to him.
Inspector W. A* Page;
I am respectfully of opinion that this officers
period of effective usefulness to the service of the
Provincial Police is over. He has to his credit years of
efficient service, but at the present time he has marked
physical limitations and incapacities* Your Commissioner
submits and recommends that in the interests of the service
Inspector Page should be retired on pension.
Sergeant E» F. Hartleib:
Your Commissioner further respectfully recommends
that Sergeant E. F. Hartleib after long and efficient
service should, in the interests of the service, be retired
Finally, I am of opinion and it is respectfully
submitted and recommended that there should be a complete
reorganization of personnel at the headquarters of District
No. 8# This submission and recommendation is premised on
the basis that antagonisms, prejudices, misdirected impulses
and inflamed passions, which have arisen prior to and during
this inquiry, would be in all probability, by such a
reorganization, rendered less pronounced, if not entirely
OSGOODE HALL, TORONTO,
July 11th, 1949.
Appendix "A "
COPY FOR THE ATTENTION OF THE
HON. LESLIE BLACKWELL
ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR ONTARIO.
No. 9. District Belleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
RESIGNATION OF PROVINCIAL CONSTABLE J.E.KEAYS #549.
1st. & The Commissioner,
final Report. Ontario Provincial police,
In connection with the marginally noted subject, I have
the honour to report that in August, 1945, as the result
of a complaint registered at the Commissioner's office
by Dr. R. T. NOBLE, Registrar, College of physicians and
Surgeons, Toronto, I was instructed to investigate the
actions of Ernest M. CAREFOOT, Belleville, a charlatan,
who had victimized the public to the extent of thousands
of dollars as the result of administering a substance
or method of treatment held out as a guaranteed cure
Knowing that B.C. DONNAN, K.C., Crown Attorney, was im-
plicated in a fraud on the general public with CAREFOOT,
and that he was taking patients to CAREFOOT for treatment
well knowing that he was a disqualified medical pract-
that he was making use of narcotics,
to implicate me with CAREFOOT during
I requested that the investigation be
officer from the C.I.B.
(Mr. DONNAN tried
the Fall of 1944)
turned over to an
I was directed to carry out the investigation and be
guided by the Crown's instructions. After making certain
enquiries I interviewed the Crown Attorney who instructed
me to discontinue the investigation and turn the matter
over to a junior member of the Belleville Detachment with
the result that in September, 1945, on the instructions
of District Inspector H. THOMPSON, I submitted a report
under the signature of Prov. Const. E. BOWEN, and, at
the direction of the Crown Attorney, the matter was re-
ferred back to the College of physicians and Surgeons
for their investigation.
On numerous occasions during October and November, 1945,
Mr. DONNAN enquired if I had received further instruct-
ions in connection with CAREFOOT, and December 10th.,
1945, the day the Commissioner inspected D.H.Q,. , Mr.
DONNAN enquired as to the purpose of the Commissioner's
visit - if he had mentioned the CAREFOOT case, and, if I
thought that he was in Belleville in connection with the
CAREFOOT matter. At that time Mr. DONNAN informed me that
he was not taking "any more chances" - he had communicated
with CAREFOOT "at noon" and advised him to "smash up" the
electrical machines with which he was treating patients
allegedly suffering from cancer and other diseases.
(this was substantiated Tuesday, March 19th. /46, when
CAREFOOT T s premises were searched - 5 of these alleged
"radio machines" were found "smashed up" in the cellar, with
the broken wooden frames under a wood pile near the furnace-
This was further substantiated in July, 1946, when
one George BROV/N was interviewed. Brown stated that
District Belleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
5. he was treated by CAREFOOT between December 1st. and
15th, 1945, after he (CAREFOOT) had diagnosed his ail-
ment as that of cancer. During these treatments
CAREFOOT told him that he was the "last" patient to be
treated with the "radio" machines, as he had finally
perfected a liquid formula which was far superior than
the "radio" machines; further, during the course of the
investigation, every person interviewed - who was
attended by CAREFOOT between December 1945 and March
1946 - was treated with liquids and no machine of any
kind was used.)
6. Thursday, March 14th, 1946, I was instructed to cnntiniB
this investigation with Inspector G. MONAHAN, College
of physicians and Surgeons, Toronto, with the result
that Tuesday, March 19th, 1946, as sufficient evidence
was obtained to warrant charges of fraud against
CAREFOOT, the facts were placed before Mr. DONNAN who
explained that he could not prosecute the case as CARE-
FOOT was a client of his in civil practice, and turned
the matter over to Mr. G. ROBERTSON, Ass»t to the Crown
Attorney, after instructing that charges of obtaining
money by false pretences be preferred against CAREFOOT.
He also directed that anything connected with this case
was to be referred to Mr. ROBERTSON for instructions.
7. At IE. 30 p.m., Tuesday, March 19th. /46, at the directicn
of Mr. ROBERTSON - in the event that Mr. DONNAN communi-
cated with CAREFOOT - Prov. Const. G. SIPLE was placed
on observation with instructions to follow anyone seen
leaving CAREFOOT 1 s residence with anything which might
arouse his suspicion. On Mr. ROBERTSON'S instructions,
three charges of obtaining money (in excess of $2,5.) by
false pretences were preferred against CAREFOOT under
Sec. 405 C.C., and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
8. At 8.00 p.m., CAREFOOT was arrested at his residence. -
Shortly after 8.30 p.m., when CAREFOOT was escorted to
the Detachment office, Mrs. CAREFOOT communicated with
Mr. DONNAN pointing out that CAREFOOT was arrested and
escorted to the Provincial Police Office, and, enquired
as to what she should do. About 20 minutes later,
while executing the search warrant, I was advised by
Prov. const. C. ARMSTRONG that a Mr. ROBB , local lawyer,
was at the Detachment office demanding the release of
CAREFOOT as bail had been set at .^2,000.00.
9. At the Detachment office, on learning from the Justice
of the peace that Mr. DONNAN had instructed her to meet
Mr. ROBB at the Provincial Police office and release
the accused on .^2000. bail, I refused to release
CAREFOOT. I communicated with Mr. DONNAN and informed
him that wehad received certain instructions from Mr.
ROBERTSON (Mr. DONNAN waB against the search of
District Belleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
1st. & 9.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
CAREFOOT'3 premises) . CAREFOOT had only been detained 30
minutes, and I had not as yet had the opportunity of question-
ing CAREFOOT in connection with any of the charges or the
articles which were going to be seized from his premises. At
this stags it was obvious that Mr. DONNAN did not want me to
question CAREFOOT for personal reasons.
10. At 11.30 p.m., as Mr. DONNAN had deprived the Crown of the
opportunity of questioning the accused, and knowing that
CAREFOOT was represented by counsel, I decided not to
Detachment File question the accused in connection with any of the articles
seized, including the morphine and opium, and, CAREFOOT was
released on whatever arrangements Mr. DONNAN made with
Mr. ROBB , defence counsel, (in this connection, reference
can be made to the evidence where Magistrate T.Y.WILLS
points out to A. SLAGHT, K.C., "I did not know that CAREFOOT
was granted bail until 3 days after his arrest".)
(in connection with the narcotics, it will be noted that at
1.00 p.m. that date, I requested the assistance of the
R.C.M.P. in the search of CAREF00T f s premises.)
11. From certain documents seized from CAREFOOT* s residence,
along with correspondence from the Federal Authorities,
it was evident that Mr. DONNAN was definitely implicated
in a fraud on the general public with CAREFOOT between
the years 1936 and 1945, and, would substantiate the fact
that Mr. DONNAN released CAREFOOT and deprived the Crown
of the opportunity to question the accused for personal
12. In view of the above, Wednesday, March 20th./46, I re-
quested to be paraded before the Commissioner with the
result that Thursday, March 21st., the above mentioned
facts were placed before the commissioner at Toronto,
and, I again requested that the investigation be turned
over to an officer from the C.I.B. The commissioner
discussed the matter with a member of the Attorney -General's
Department. I was directed to continue the investigation,
and, "let the chips fall where they may" - with the
assurance that I would be protected from any trouble with
Mr. DONNAN, as the result of this investigation.
13. At 2.30 p.m., Saturday, March 23rd;, 1946, in the presence
of witness, I was threatened by Mr. DONNAN that should I
give certain evidence which would implicate him with
the accused, I might be charged with accessory to the fact,
and, later threatened that he would get me if it was the
last thing he ever did. This was followed by a letter
to V/.B. COMMON, K.C., in which Mr. DONNAN criticized me
most unjustly. In May, 1946, certain documents (in
connection with this case) disappeared from Mr. ROBERTSON'S
file, and, from then on, I was instructed to forward all
correspondence direct to the Attorney-General's Department.
District Belleville, Ontario
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
14. pursuant to instructions of March 21st., Sunday, March
24th., I submitted a confidential report in connection
with the actions of Mr. DONNAN, and, the reason why I
was not assisted by the R.C.M.P. in connection with the
narcotics. In this report, I requested certain instruct-
ions, and also requested that certain enquiries be con-
ducted outside the City of Belleville. To date, my
report has not been acknowledged.
Detachment File 15.
In view of the actions of the Crown Attorney, and the fact
that I was not assisted by the R.C.M.P. on the night of
the search, CAREFOOT had to be re-arrested in June, 1946,
charged under the Narcotic and Drug Act. CAREFOOT was
prosecuted on one charge of fraud (the other 2 charges were
adjourned Sine Die) and one charge under the Narcotic and
Drug Act. The court and the Jury were deprived of the
above mentioned facts and both charges were dismissed.
Both trials supplied good entertainment to the public
and the Jury at the expense of the uniform and the med-
ical profession who were represented by some of their
highest authorities; further, while under cross-examination
by A. SLAGHT, K.C., I found myself in a precarious posi-
tion in order to answer certain question without implic-
ating Mr. DONNAN.
From then on, Mr. DONNAN
against me and interfered
investigated, to the poin
remarked several times to
of these days I»m going t
and so (Mr. DONNAN)". I
ference as I was satisfie
before the Bar, I had dis
tried to carry out his threats
with practically every case I
t where the District Inspector
the officers at D.H.Q. "some
o go to Toronto and fix that so
paid no attention to the inter-
d that once a prisoner was
charged my duties as a police
This carried on until the Spring of 1947, when Prov.
Const. S. ERVINE (an officer stationed at Belleville
for more than 15 years - who is nothing more than a
rubber stamp, with no record whatever to offer as a
police officer) started to interfere with investigations
in order to serve his own purpose. This continued until
September, 1947, when this officer suggested that I
subdue my evidence on a charge of attempted murder, which
was preferred on the instructions of C.L.SNIDER, K.C.,
Deputy Attorney-General, in order to assist his (Ervine)
influential friend who was acting for the accused. The
Crown Attorney did not want me to act as brief on this
case and ordered me out of the court during the trial.
The evening of the same day prov. Const. ERVINE pointed
out to me that "I was a good cop but did not know how
to play with the right guys" and, how he (Ervine) was a
personal friend of District inspector W.A.PAGE who in
turn was the commissioner's best friend; (this fact was
later made known in public in the presence of about 150
people) further, that the Commissioner had attempted to
transfer him from Belleville when he was paraded before
him at Toronto in January, 1947, but that he did not have
sufficient authority to get him transferred from Belleville
District Belleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
20. Shortly after, on 3 different occasions, I interviewed
Inspector PAGE and requested that, in view of certain
existing conditions, I be transferred to some other
Detachment within the District before I found myself
discredited as a police officer. Inspector PAGE refused,
pointing out that he had recommended me for promotion to
the C.I.B. Prov. Const. ERVINE continued to interfere
with my investigations, and, November 18th., I submitted
a report requesting a transfer from Belleville D.H.Q,. to
a Detachment within the District. This report was not
acknowledged, but Inspector PAGE informed me that Chief
Inspector A. WARD had recommended me for promotion to
21. In November, 1947, Prov. Const. ERVINE interfered to the
point where he had Mr. DONNAN issue instructions that 2
criminal charges be withdrawn against one LeRoy WOODS,
(whom I arrested and was allowed his freedom on ^200.00
bail) and, Had Prov. Const. G.R.PURDY submit a false
report to D.H.Q,. in connection with this criminal invest-
igation - again in order to assist his influential friend
who was acting for the accused. This action was taken
after I had refused to withdraw the charges at the request
of the Crown Attorney.
22. (In this connection, it will be noted that sometime after
I returned to Belleville (April 15th. /48) Prov. Const.
PURDY came to my home one evening, and stated that when
he was questioned by s/lnsp. T. DOYLE in connection with
Prov. Const. ERVINE 1 s actions regarding the WOODS case,
he did not have the "courage" to admit that prov. Const.
ERVINE was responsible for the information to Mr. DONNAN
that n l did not have any evidence to support the charges
s against WOODS" which resulted in the Crown issuing ins-
tructions that both charges be withdrawn, and, he submitted
the false report accordingly.)
23. (Prov. Const. PURDY explained that, at the time, he was
on "probation" and was of the opinion that if he accepted
the responsibility himself he would keep out of trouble
and would not jeopardise his chances for "permanency"
(permanent appointment) and, submitted a report to the
Commissioner according to his statement to S/lnsp. DOYLE;
further, that, as he had no experience at the time, he
did not appreciate the seriousness of the situation, but,
now he realized that he was part of a great injustice, and
did not know what to do to rectify his mistake. He was
advised that the only way the matter could be rectified
was for him to put it in writing.)
24. Prov. const. PURDY 1 s false report was withdrawn from the
mail at D.H.Q,. , and finding my status jeopardised to the
extent that I was liable to civil action, I interviewed
Mr. DONNAN and demanded that at least one charge be
proceeded with. Both charges were enlarged from week
to week, and December 19th., Prov. Const. ERVINE, although
not summoned and who knew nothing of the case, was called
as a Crown witness by Mr. DONNAN. Under cross-examination
Prov. const. ERVINE contradicted my evidence and delib-
erately committed perjury by submitting certain facts
which he alleged occurred on #14 Highway. SEPTEMBER 28th.
(3 months previous) in order to exonerate the accused.
It was obvious that the answers to the numerous questions
were known to defence counsel.
Appendix "A w
slJjs^t Belleville Detachment.
District Belleville, Ontario. jSBBalfi
^jpflw October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
lst. & 25. After court, as I was in charge of the Belleville Detach-
final report. ment, I checked Prov. Const. ERVINE' s diary and found that
on SEPTEMBER 28th., he was no where near No. 14 Highway,
but, on checking his diary, one week later, it was found
that prov. Const. ERVINE had added the following entry
D.H.Q,.File to this diary date "#14 Highway to Foxboro". (patrolling).
Following up this investigation, it was found that the
facts alleged by Prov. Const. ERVINE to have occurred
Detachment File SEPTEMBER 28th. (3 smashed guide rail posts) did not
occur until 2.00 a.m., NOVEMBER 1st. (Hallowe'en night)
One Harold PHILLIPS was responsible for smashing these
Staff 3 guide rail posts and never reported the accident.
26. In view of para. 21, 24 and 25, at 10.00 a.m., December
29th., I reported the facts to Inspector PAGE and re-
quested that prov. Const. ERVINE be instructed to return
in the witness box and rectify his evidence, as my cred-
ibility was questioned. Inspector PAGE stated that prov.
Const. ERVINE could not do that, and referred me to Mr.
DONNAN. Instead of Inspector PAGE taking the necessary
steps to check prov. Const. ERVINE' s diary, he recom-
mended him for promotion - December, 1947. The same date,
the facts were placed before Mr. DONNAN who admitted that
Prov. const. ERVINE had submitted the above mentioned
evidence, but he could not do anything about it. It was
pointed out to Mr. DONNAN that my credibility was quest-
ioned as the result of prov. Const. ERVINE 's false evid-
ence, further, the court was entitled to all the evidence
on this Criminal charge. In the meantime I was posted
to Niagara Falls.
27. I waited 10 days, and, after placing the facts before
Senior Officers of this Force for advice, I submitted
a detailed report and requested instructions. January
13th. , I interviewed Inspector PAGE and enquired about
my report pointing out that I had requested certain ins-
tructions. I was asked why I wanted instructions, and
replied "in order to protect my self-respect". I was
told "the hell with your G — D self-respect", (this
was to be expected from an Inspector transferred to the
Belleville District under a fog.) I enquired if it
would be in order to remain in Belleville until the
WOODS case was disposed of, and, was told to carry out
instructions and report to Niagara Falls as directed.
28. This report was held at D.H.Q. when I left Belleville
January 15th. /48. If Inspector PAGE intended to enquire
into prov. Const. ERVINE 's actions, he certainly could
have requested the evidence December 29th., when I first
reported to him, or, easier still, check with the Mag-
istrate's notes which were eventually made part of his
judgment. Instead, January 11th., he had Dorothy D0W-
DEIL> D.H.Q,. stenographer, type the court stenographer's
notes (G. Sheppard) on the evidence. A most improper
procedure, with the result that the transcription was
not signed by the Magistrate. This girl, (for obvious
reasons) during the past year and a half, has been allow-
ed to issue instructions throughout the District, and,
July 10th., 1948, was held up for ridicule in the slander
sheet, HUSH, at the expense of the Force not to mention
the reflection cast on the officers at this D.H.Q,. who
were not responsible.
Appendix "A H .
District Belleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
lst. & 29.
January 16th., when I reported to Inspector C. AIREY at
Niagara Falls, it was learned that he had already re-
ceived a memorandum from Inspector PAGE pointing out
that there was no use of granting me permission to re-
turn to Belleville for Monday, January 19th., to attend
court in connection with the WOODS case, as he (Insp.
PAGE) had discussed the whole case with the Crown Attorn-
ey who had instructed that I would not be required any
further in this case. On the instructions of Inspector
PAGE and Mr. DONNAN, the court was deprived of certain
evidence on this criminal charge which could have been
definitely submitted in rebuttal through the cross-ex-
amination of the accused and Malcolm SINE, (both men
assisted PHILLIPS the night he smashed the 3 guide rail
posts.) - Evidently to protect Prov. Const. ERVINE.
Documentary evidence was all that was required to prove,
beyond any doubt, the charge against Prov. Const. ERVINE,
but, to date my report has not been acknowledged , al-
though I requested certain instructions; further, the
special report submitted in connection with the WOODS
case, and that of Harold PHILLIPS, was withe Id from the
Department of Highways with the result that PHILLIPS
was not assessed with the costs of the damage to the 3
guide rail posts. Instead of prov. Const. ERVINE being
at least reprimanded for having committed perjury and
falsifying official records, he was exonerated and pro-
moted by the Commissioner. Prov. Const. PTJRDY was also
exonerated, after submitting a false report to D.H.Q..
on a criminal charge.
February, 1948, Cpl. ERVINE was instructed by the Com-
missioner that he was transferred to Cornwall, but, is
still in Belleville, and made good his boast that even
the commissioner could not transfer him from Belleville.
Since Prov. Const. ERVINE was promoted, he has attacked
the character of a police officer at D.H.Q,., as the result
of a false accusation made to his Superior. In view of
this officer's conduct, he is certainly not worthy of
wearing the King's uniform, and, ssd it remains to be seen
what he would do if he held the life of a man in his hand.
In view of the false statements and accusations made
against me by Constables and Senior Officers of the Force,
since I reported that Prov. Const. ERVINE had committed
perjury on a criminal charge, I found myself discredited
as a police officer, and my integrity jeopardized to the
extent that I can never again appear as witness for the
Crown without my evidence being discredited under cross-
While I was stationed at Niagara Falls, it came to my
attention that one of these false accusations was made
by Prov. Const. J. B. DRISCOLL, Belleville. As the result
of this false accusation, a criminal charge was withdrawn
by Mr. DONNAN. This criminal charge was preferred on the
instructions from G.L. SNIDER, K.C., Deputy Attorney-Gen-
eral, and involved a fatality. It is evident that Prov.
Const. DRISCOLL has acquired a tendency to be treacherous
with police matters as verified by the fact that in 1944,
Appendix "A n
District Belleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
33. he submitted a false report in an investigation, and had
a junior R.C.M.P. member submit a false report to his H.Q.
in order to cover up his (DR0SC0LL) actions which resulted
in a municipality losing a .$500.00 fine, and 2 R.C.M.P.
members transferred from the Belleville area. The municip-
ality involved demanded the transcription of Prov. Const.
DRISC OLL's evidence, obtained an affidavit from one
witness, and would have taken action if they had had my
evidence to substantiate their findings. The matter
was referred to the District Inspector.
34. While at Niagara Falls, I was paraded before the Com-
missioner and pointed out that, as the result of certain
false statements and accusations, I was discredited as
a police officer. His only comment was that I need not
bother about that - it was only jealousy,
35. Subsequently, (as the Federal Authorities had appealed
the court »s decision on the Narcotic charge in REX vs
Carefoot) I learned that February 10th., 1948, Mr.
Justice A. LEBEL had granted the appeal and ordered a
new trial. It was obvious that at this trial the Jury
would be faced with the evidence of a doctor and that of
a discredited police officer,
36. In view of the above, as I had faithfully upheld the
duties of a police officer, and finding my career jeo-
pardized, and, in all fairness to my wife who is res-
ponsible for the few small accomplishments I have made
and to my 5 children (2 in the Royal Canadian Airforce
and 1 in the Navy) who were brought up and believe in
the uniform and all that it represents, it was of para-
mount importance that I find some way to regain my in-
tegrity and status as a police officer.
37. April 13th., 1948, with the assistance of Inspector G.
AIREY, a man worthy of his rank who stands behind and
fights for his men without fear or favour, I was ins-
tructed by the commissioner to return to Belleville for
posting in that District. April 15th., when I reported
to Belleville for duty, instead of being posted, I was
issued written instructions by Inspector PAGE that I was
to remain at District Headquarters where I would not be
allowed to drive any Government equipment or take part
in any investigation, and, I would not even be allowed
to bring any of my equipment (finger print, camera and
R.C.M.P. files) to the office. I later demanded the
reason for this drastic measure, pointing out that these
written instructions were ruining my career. I was told
"you got your instructions".
38. I played solitaire at District Headquarters for 2 months,
and, in June, as the result of certain representations
made to the Commissioner by Inspector PAGE in May, I was
dealt with more severely by being transferred to 24 hours
shift work in the radio room, (known as the detention bar-
rack) In this connection, reference can be made to Inspector
PAGE f s memorandum issued to all officers at District
Headquarters If they can't take proper care of Govern-
ment cars and equipment .. ."they willbe taken off Gov-
ernment cars and placed in the radio room".
District Belleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
1st. & 39.
July 2nd., 1948, I was paraded before the Commissioner
and Inspector PAGE at D.H.Q,., and, I requested a half
hour of the commissioner's time to place certain facts
before him in order to regain my integrity, as CAREFOOT
had been arrested by the Federal Authorities and I was
served with a summons, (the preliminary hearing was set
for July 22nd.) I was told that I was only "imagining"
things and he did not want to hear me, and, threatened
"if I could not handle my 'job' on the radio, he would
have to request my resignation from the Force".
Thursday, July 8th, I was questioned byMr.E.FOLLVvELL,
local Lawyer, representing the Federal Authorities in the
CAREFOOT case, and asked if it was true that the author-
ities would not trust me to take part in any investigation
or drive any Government equipment, pointing out that this
was apparently common knowledge around Belleville. I
replied that I had received certain written instructions
to that effect. I was also asked if Mr. DONNAN had threat-
ened me should I give certain evidence in the CAREFOOT
case. I replied that he had, shortly after I had arrest-
ed CAREFOOT. He stated that he was going to report the
matter to N. MATTHEWS, K.C., Toronto, who was represent-
ing the Crown in REX vs. Carefoot.
The same day, I learned that Mr. DONNAN had finally
carried out his threats against me, as he was responsible
for the written instructions issued to me by Inspector
PAGE. - I cannot think of a better way that anyone can
ruin the career of a police officer than by attacking
his integrity and discrediting him.
Consequently, July 12th., I was instructed to report to
W.B. COMMON, K.C., Senior Counsel for the Attorney-General
Department. At 2.00 p.m., I reported to W.C. KILLING, Dty.
Commissioner, (who is also our staff Representative) and
endeavoured to point out the above mentioned facts in
order to regain my integrity (I used the word "framed" in
order to put across the seriousness of the situation) but
he did not want to hear anything about it.
At 2.30 p.m., I appeared before W.B. COMMON, K.C., and
the Commissioner, and, was questioned in connection with
the actions of Mr. DONNAN in the CAREFOOT investigation.
I repeated the above mentioned facts, and, submitted the
false statements and accusations made against me - point-
ing out to Mr. COMMON that in 1940, in a highgrade ore
case involving thousands of dollars which he prosecuted,
my evidence, although contradictory to the evidence of 3
detectives 10 years my senior, was accepted after being
subjected to 2 days cross-examination by defence counsel
and convictions were registered, but, under my present
circumstances my evidence would have been worthless. He
admitted that he appreciated my position, but, "that
wasn't his Department". I suggested that the persons
responsible apologize in camera, in order to make it
possible for me to reply to these false statements and
accusations should I ever be faced with any of them
under cross-examination during a trial - but without
District Belleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
1st. & 44 '
Detachment File. 45.
The brief in connection with the above mentioned case
was prepared on July 21st., at which time N. MATTHEWS,
K.C., questioned my status. I informed him that it was
the same, and that nothing had been done about the
written instructions or the false accusations. The
following day CAREFOOT appeared before Magistrate T.Y.
WILLS, and was committed for trial.
pursuant to instructions, Wednesday, August 4th., I
proceeded to Toronto and reported to Mr. COMMON in the
presence of Mr. MATTHEWS, several persons representing
the Federal Authorities, and, W.C. KILLING, Deputy-Com-
missioner. Mr. MATTHEWS pointed out that I was a very
material witness in the CAREFOOT case, but, in view of
certain written instructions issued by a District Insp-
ector, and other conditions which apparently were brought
about as the result of the CAREFOOT investigation, it was
apparent, judging from the attitude adoped by defence
counsel at the preliminary hearing, that, at the trial,
my evidence would be discredited oefore a Jury, and, un-
less the matter could be rectified, he would much prefer
to "gracefully withdraw at this stage" than proceed and
run into difficulties.
46. The Deputy Commissioner read a letter from my personal
file which was allegedly forwarded by the commissioner
to Inspector PAGE in April, 1948, suggesting that, in
view of my experience, I be posted to the Napanee Detach-
ment for duty, countermanding the unprincipled instruct-
ions issued against me, and, instructing that I resume
my former status. Mr. MATTHEWS enquired if I was aware
of these instructions. I replied that this was the
first I had heard about them; further, I had to borrow
a car that day in order to comply with instructions
to report to Toronto.
47. Mr. COMMON was of the opinion that the contents of the
letter read by the Deputy Commissioner would answer
any questions I might be asked in connection with the
written instructions. I suggested that the court might
rule out my answers as "hearsay evidence".
48. Mr. MATTHEWS also pointed out that should I be asked
under cross-examination, why the R.C.M.P. did not assist
in the search of CAREFOOT T s premises, my reply would
have to be "because both officers were under the influ-
ence of liquor at the time, and in no condition to carry
out their duties". Mr. CURRAN, K.C., Senior counsel
remarked that if I had reported the actions of the
R.C.M.P. officers' in 1946, it was unfortunate that the
Department had not seen fit to report the matter to the
proper authorities for investigation at that time. After
this meeting, I found myself in the middle of an R.C.M.P.
investigation for a matter that should have been invest-
igated in 1946.
Appendix "A "
District. Belleville, Ontario \%^mt~ Belleville Detachment.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
1st. & 49. At 3.00 p.m., that date, I reported to the Deputy-
final report. Commissioner and again endeavoured to place the
facts before him without results. When I informed
the Deputy Commissioner, I was surprised to hear
at this date that Inspector PAGE had sufficient
D.H.Q.File authority to overrule instructions issued by the
Commissioner since April, 1948. I was instructed to
forget I had ever heard about this letter, that, in
view of Mr. MATTHEWS* demand he was obliged to
divulge its contents, but, it was strictly confidential ,
Detachment File and, under no circumstances must I mention this letter.
50. What a contretemps - A few hours previous, Mr. COMMON
Staff was satisfied that I could use the contents of this
personal. letter, as "hearsay evidence", to answer any questions
in connection with my written instructions, and, now
I found myself instructed by the Deputy commissioner
that the matter was strictly confidential.
51. It was evident that this letter was more or less used
to hoodwink the Federal Authorities, and proved to
me that the Officials of the Force were condoning
the unscrupulous actions taken by Inspector PAGE, not
to mention the false statements and accusations made
by officers of this Force, (persons in authority)
against a confrere, which is one of the most serious
offences under the disciplinary Code. Apparently the
integrity of a police officer is of no importance.
52. I am not interested in the CAREFOOT case now that the
accused is before the Bar. I was instructed to invest-
igate, after requesting, on 2 different occasions,
that the matter be turned over to an officer from the
C.I. B., and carried out my duties as a police officer
without fear or favour, and reported accordingly. I
am not interested in the actions of the Crown Attorney,
a well known confirmed drunkard, unless I am involved,
(my actions since 1944, in this connection, speak for
themselves) and, I am not interested in the admini-
stration of the Belleville District, unless it is a
matter likely to bring discredit on the reputation
of the Force; my duty is to report, and not question
the powers-that-be as to what action should be taken.
I am only interested indecency and the dignity of
53. The fact that the actions of the Crown Attorney were
condoned and he was allowed to carry out his threats,
and, the fact that no disciplinary action was taken
against inspector PAGE, Prov. const. ERVINE and PURDY,
I find myself in a worse position than Igor GOUZENKO,
who as a foreigner, was finally heard, but, as a decent
Canadian citizen, who is only asking an opportunity to
be heard in order to regain his integrity and status
as a police officer, I am denied the right to a hearing,
- Surely we have some dignity as a Police Force.
Appendix M A"
District Belleville, Ontario*
October 30th, 1948
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
Detachment File 54.
1st. & final
Having made use of every channel possible, and, as
I must take certain action to regain my integrity
in order to pursue my career, I have no alternative
but to tender my resignation in order to remain
within the Code of a police officer and protect my
In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity
to reply to the false representations made against
me by the Commissioner to the Hon. Leslie BLACKWELL,
Attorney-General for Ontario, which, no doubt, re-
sulted in the Attorney -General making threats against
an officer of the Crown - "If I could not prove
certain charges - I would be fired ♦ "
1) "that I had caused dissension during my service
with the Force, especially while stationed at
In this connection, I would state that, during the
four years I was in charge of the Belleville Detach-
ment, I was the only Provincial Officer in the
Province of Ontario with the rank of Constable, who,
at the direction of the District Inspector and at
the request of the various officers in charge of the
numerous Detachments throughout #8 District, assisted
every Detachment in a District in all major crimes -
from rape to murders, also, every municipality,
except Lindsay, and, as the result of good team work,
convictions were registered in most cases.
It will be noted that, when I returned to Belleville,
April 15th., 1948, the same requests were made to the
District Inspector by Provincial and Chief Constables
in and out of the District, but, at this time, their
requests were refused and they were told that I was
not allowed to take part in any investigation. I
would also refer to the correspondence and comments
of the Commissioner during these 4 years, in which he,
as late as November, 1947, highly praised my work.
Between 1938 and 1941, while stationed in #9 District,
on the instructions from the District Inspector,
assisted the Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Morris-
burg and Ottawa (Sgt i/c) Detachments on numerous
occasions in connection with murders and series of
crimes involving thousands of dollars - again, as
the result of good team work, convictions were register*
ed in all cases. In 1941, at the direction of C. L.
SNIDER, K.C., Deputy Attorney-General, I was loaned to
La Surete Manicipale de Hull, Quebec, in preparing a
brief (112 witnesses) in a murder charge - 2 men were
During my 12 years of service with the Force, I had
the privilege of serving under the Command of 4
District Inspectors who saw fit to recommend me as
District Belleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
lst & final
a) 1943 on the -recommendation of Inspector T.W.
COUSANS, I was placed in charge of the Liquor
iiquad in #9 District.
b) 1945, recommended for promotion by the late
Inspector H. STOREY who, in 1946, communicated
with me requesting my approval to his re-
commendation for transfer as an N.C.O. to the
Kenora District, then under his command.
c) July, 1946, recommended for promotion by the
late Inspector H. THOMPSON.
d) 1947, according to Inspector PAGE, he recommended
me for promotion and November,/ 1947, Chief
Inspector A. WARD recommended me for promotion
to the Criminal Investigation Branch.
Unless the Commissioner is of the opinion that I caused
dissension while stationed at Ottawa, by the fact that,
during the course of an investigation of which I was
in charge, a Provincial Constable shot and killed a
man, and as the result of false statements which he
released to the press and submitted to the authorities,
he subsequently had to repeat these statements before
a Jury in order to protect his actions, and placed me
in a very precarious position.
After placing the facts before His Honour Judge C.W.A.
MARION, the Crown Attorney, and the District Inspector,
I gave notice before them that if I was expected to
commit prejury before a Jury in order to cover up tte
officer involved, I would turn in my uniform.
The District Inspector conmunicated with the Commissioner
who directed that my evidence be subdued, and, as a
result, another officer had to take my place in order to
produce certain exhibits in my possession. In the
witness stand, this officer was asked the same questions
I anticipated. The Jury was deprived of certain evidence,
and, the officer involved was promoted. It will be
noted that 2 weeks later the District Inspector apolo-
gized to me for his attitude in connection with this
The only officers I ever had any differences with
during my service are Prov. Const. T. H. TRIMBLE, my
junior, when I was in charge of the Liquor Squad in #9
District, and, Prov. Const. S. ERVINE. (December, 1947).
Both men have since been promoted by the Commissioner -
Presumably on their merits.
2) "I was placed in the radio room due to sickness,
and was unable to perform any other duties" •
In this connection, I would ~efer to the comments made
by the Commissioner to Inspector C. AIREY, March, 1948
n in view of this officer's record, I 1 !! see what can be
District Belleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
1st & final
done to give him a Detachment in the Peterborough
District and, would refer to the memorandums from
the Commissioner under date of April 12th. and 20th.,
1948, - in one, I was instructed to report to Belleville
for posting in that District, and the other, suggesting
that, in view of my experience, I be posted to the
Napanee Detachment for duty. I would also refer to
the comments of the Deputy Commissioner, February 18th.,
1948 - that if Inspector PAGE was not stationed at
■I know all about it — I can't see
you could not be posted back to Belle-
years we have been trying to build this
of your calibre - leave the matter in
my hands and I'll see what I can do". The only thing
I have to offer is health and self-respect.
Belleville — -
any reason why
ville - for 20
force with men
65 • 3) "certain reflections cast, on the fact that I
changed my name*.
I did change my name from SOUBLIERE toKEAYS (my wife's
surname) at the request of one of my boys who was leav-
ing for service in the Pacific with the Armed Forces,
and, for reasons well known to the Commissioner as sub-
stantiated by his remarks, but, I did not know that
there was a man who thought himself sufficiently im-
portant to question my rights as a Canadian - not to
mention the Laws of the Province of Ontario, and,
I most respectfully suggest that if I have committed
any crime by making use of the provisions made under
The Change of Name Act, 1939, the facts should be
placed before the proper authorities with a view of
having this Act removed from the Statutes of the
Province of Ontario*
66» I am satisfied to leave my reputation as a police
officer with the Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada
and the Supreme Court of Ontario, County and District
Judges, Magistrates, Crown Attorneys (including Mr.
DONNAN, and I would refer to his letter of commendation
forwarded to the Department in October, 1944, before
the CAREF00T case) the Members attached to the Attorney-
General^ Department and confreres with whom I have had
the honour to come in contact with, during my career
as a representative of the Crown, either in the sub-
mission of evidence, criminal investigations or extra-
67 # In view of the above, as a discredited police officer,
it is obvious that the Federal Authorities would de-
cidedly prefer to withdraw the charge in the matter of
Rex vs. Carefoot.
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District Bblleville, Ontario.
October 30th, 1948.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
lst & final Report
68« I am proud to be a police officer, in my opinion
the most ethical profession known, but for reasons
set forth, and in order to pursue my career, I
hereby tender my resignation from the Ontario
Provincial Police effective November 15th, 1948.
As I hold an honourable discharge from the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police, and, as I have accumulated
as many commendations as years of service with
the Ontario Provincial Police, I would be grate-
ful if the Commissioner would forward me a refer-
ence according to my merits •
Your obedient servant,
"J. B. KEAYS*
J. E. KEAYS
THE Commissioner of Police for Ontario
District Inspector •
POLICE ORDER NO. 3. March 5. 1940 .
Sergt. R. P. Labelle, Provincial Constables W. H. Kennedy,
G. Hughes and J. E. Soubliere, Ottawa Detachment.
Provincial Constable H. H. Dent, Rockland Detachment.
Provincial Constable A. R. Macleod, Cornwall Detachment, and
Provincial Constable R. H. Wannell, Hawkesbury Detachment.
In connection with the arrests of Roger Jolicoeur, Jean Charles
Lalonde, Jean Charles Campeau @ Paquette, Yvon, Claude, Dalvida and
Lionel Lalonde, Anatole Lauzon, Armand Montpetit and Anatole Lemary;
on numerous charges of Breaking, Entering and Theft of merchandise
and auto accessories from several garages and stores in the
Provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
Jolicoeur, Campeau & Montpetit received sentences in the
penitentiary; Lionel, Yvon & Jean Charles Lalonde, Lauzon and
Lemary were committed to the Reformatory; Claude Lalonde to
2 months in the County Gaol and five charges against Dalvida Lalonde
(Recommended by District Inspector T. W. Cousans) .
POLICE ORDER NO. 5, May 27. 1940 .
Provincial Constables J. E. Soubliere and W. H. Kennedy,
In connection with the arrests and conviction of Morris Hender-
son alias Maurice Boudreau, Ernest St. Louis and George Purcell @
George Dorkin on charges of Breaking & Entering & Theft of automobile.
On Saturday, May 18, 1940, the accused appeared before Magis-
trate A. H. Leiff at Ottawa and sentenced to lengthy terms in the
(Recommended by District Inspector Cousans) .
POLICE ORDER NO. 7. July 18, 1940 .
Provincial Constable J. E. Soubliere, Ottawa Detachment.
In connection with the arrest of Lester Arbuckle of Westboro,
Ont. on a charge of Rape, Sec. 299 C.Code.
On the 10th. June 1940 Lester Arbuckle appeared before
Mr. Justice Chevrier at Ottawa and was sentenced to 10 years
in the Kingston Penitentiary.
(Recommended by Dist. Insp. Cousans) .
POLICE ORDER NO. 1, Feb. 12. 1942 .
Sergt. R. P. Labelle, Ottawa Detachment and
Provincial Constable J. E. Soubliere, Rockland Detachment.
In connection with the arrests of German Doucett and Edmond
Paquette, members of the R.C.A.F., Uplands Airport, Ottawa charged
with the murder of Charles G. Walton of Ottawa, Ont.
The accused were tried separately in the Supreme Court, Hull,
Quebec, during the month of January and both Doucett and Paquette
were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in the St. Vincent de Paul
Penitentiary on 27 January 1942.
(Recommended by District Inspector T. W. Cousans)
POLICE ORDER NO. 2, March 25. 1942 .
Provincial Constable J. E. Soubliere, Rockland Detachment.
In connection with the arrest and conviction of Gabriel Marcoux,
Doland Laberge , and Geo. Henry Lefaivre on charges of Breaking,
Entering & Theft and escaping from custody.
Marcoux, Laberge & Lefaivre were sentenced to 5 years in Kingston j
Penitentiary on the charge of Breaking Gaol Sec. 187 C. Code and to
seven years in the same institution on the charges of Breaking,
Entering & Theft.
(Recommended by District Inspector Cousans) .
POLICE ORDER NO. 9, August 26 , 1943.
Provincial Constable J. E. Soubliere, No. 9 D.H.Q. Perth and
Provincial Constable A. Macleod, Prescott Detachment.
In connection with the arrest and conviction of Carl Beamish
of Jasper, Ont., on charges of Gross Indecency.
On July 6.1943 Beamish appeared before Magistrate G. A.
Wright at Bro ckville and sentenced to 3 years in the Kingston
Penitentiary with ten strokes of the strap. (Recommended by
District Inspector T. W. Cousans).
POLICE ORDER NO. 7, August 3. 1944 .
Provincial Constable J. E. Soubliere, No. $ D.H.Q. , Belleville.
In connection with the arrest of Raymond Wood, Stanley
Archer, et al on numerous charges of Breaking, Entering & Theft
at Belleville & vicinity.
As a result four of the accused were sentenced to lengthy
terms in the penitentiary and others to various terms in the
(Recommended by District Inspector H. Storey).
POLICE ORDER NO. 7, July 9, 1945.
Provincial Constables J.E. Keays, E. Bowen & G. Siple,
#3 D.H.Q. Belleville.
In connection with the arrest and conviction of Sylvanus
Hagerman on a charge of Arson in the Township of Rawdon, County
On June 7, 1945 Hagerman appeared before Magistrate T. Y.
Wills at Belleville on this charge and sentenced to 3 years in
(Recommended by District Inspector H. Thompson).
POLICE ORDER N O . 2. Marc h 3, 1947.
Provincial Constable J. E. Keays, #3 D.H.Q., Belleville and
Provincial Constable S. itf. Palmateer, Bancroft Detachment.
In connection with the arrest of Ralph Turner, George
Urbach, William and George Boyd, regarding indecent assault on
males at Coe Hill, Ont.
As a result Turner was sentenced to 2 years in Kingston
Penitentiary, Urback to 3 months in the County Gaol and William
& Geo. Boyd declared mentally unfit to stand trial.
(Recommended by District Inspector Page).
POLI CE ORDER NO. 1, Janua ry 1$, 1943 .
Provincial Constables J.E. Keays and G.R. Purdy, #9 D.H.Q.
In connection with the arrest and conviction of James
Maitland @ Edward R. Page, West Vancouver, on charges of shop-
breaking, entering & theft, and escape from custody.
As a result Maitland was sentenced to six years in Kingston
(Recommended by District Inspector W. A. Page).
POLICE O RDER NO. 7. August 12, 194$.
Sergeant S. F. Hartleib, Corporal S. Ervine, Provincial
Constables H. A. Caldwell and J. E. Keays, #9 D.H.Q.
In connection with the arrest and conviction of Mickey
Metrunitz, Harry T Laski, and Peter Carey on a charge of Break-
ing & Entering & Theft from Brewers warehousing Co. at Picton
on April 26, 1943.
The accused appeared before His Honour Judge W. Lane at
Picton on the 10th June 1943 and Metrunitz sentenced to 4 years
in Kingston Penitentiary, O'Laski to 3 years in the same in-
stitution and Carey to one year definite and six months
indefinite in Guelph Reformatory.
(Recommended by District Inspector W. A. Page.)
CONSOLIDATED INDEX TO WITNESSES
Keays, John E. 10
By Mr. Robb 1141
By Mr, Donnan 1533
Stringer, James Allan,
By Mr. Hope 1633
By Mr. Keays 1633
By Mr. Robb 1763
Cousans, Thomas Williams,
By Mr. Hope 1732
By Mr. Keays 1734
By Mr. Robb 1912
By Mr. Keays 1929
Wonnacott, Ralph William,
By Mr. Keays 1954
By Mr. Hope 1956
By Mr. Robb 1962
By Mr. Keays 1971
By Mr. Robb 2097
By Mr. Keays 2101
Smith, George Sidney,
By Mr. Hope 2116
By Mr. Keays 2130
Patterson, George Jackson,
By Mr. Hope 2193
By Mr. Keays 2193
By Mr. Robb 2203
Kennedy, Ward H. ,
By Mr. Hope 2216
By Mr. Keays 2224
By Mr. Robb 2313
By Mr. Keays 2322
By Mr. Hope 2326
Purdy, Gerald Re id,
By Mr. Hope 2334
By Mr. Keays 2335
By Mr. Robb 2463
By Mr. Keays 2500
By Mr. Hope 2514
By Mr. Keays 2516
Wright, Robert J.,
By Mr. Hope 2573
By Mr. Keays 2576
By Mr. Robb 2590
By Mr. Keays 2592
Ervine, Samuel, Recalled,
Lane, His Honour Judge W.S.,
Vandewater, Roscoe W. G. ,
Bateraan, Burton B. ,
Sine, Malcolm H. ,
Phillips, Harold G. L. ,
Doyle, Everett T. ,
Donnan, Bryson C.,
Hartleib, Ervine F. ,
Keays, John E., Recalled,
By Mr. Keays 2594
By Mr. Keays (recalled) 2369
Mr. Hope 2323
Mr. Robb 2329
Mr. Donnan 2332
Mr. Keays 2333
By Mr. Hope 2366
By Mr. Keays 2363
By Mr. Robb 2990
By Mr. Hope 3003
By Mr. Keays 3006A
By Mr. Robb 3027
By Mr. Keays 3030
By Mr. Hope 3032
By Mr. Keays 3043
By Mr. Robb 3056
By Mr. Keays 3061
By Mr. Hope 3063
By Mr. Keays 3071
By Mr. Robb 3075
By Mr. Keays 3077
By Mr. Hope 3073
By Mr. Keays 3096
By Mr. Robb 3190
By Mr. Keays 3210
By Mr. Robb 3226
By Mr. Hope 3226
By Mr. Keays 3255
By Mr. Robb 3344
By Mr. Keays 3359
By Mr. Hope 3372
By Mr. Keays 3373
By Mr. Hope 3330
By Mr. Keays 3413
By Mr. Robb 3511
By Mr. Keays 3521
By Mr. Keays 3 524
By Mr. Hope 3544
Hartleib, Ervine F. , Recalled,
Moss, Arthur, Recalled,
Richmond, James Wm. ,
Siple, Charles Edward,
Palmateer, Stanley W. ,
Page, William Arthur,
Woods, Mrs. Olive June,
Driscoll, James Benedict,
Hayes, John Clair,
Siple, Charles Edward, Recalled,
Wilson, James David,
Donnan, Bryson C, Recalled,
McNeill, Edwin Victor,
Monahan, Gavin A.
Stewart, Dr. Gordon A.,
Bowen, Elmer Edomond,
Borland, Oliver E. ,
Ervine, Samuel, Recalled,
Driscoll, James B. , Recalled,
Trimble, Thomas H. ,
Hope 403 5
Donnan , 424S
Stringer, William Holden,
By Mr. Hope 4373
By Mr. Keays 4432
Airey, Christopher, F. ,
By Mr. Hope 4622
By Mr. Keays 4629
By Mr. Robb 4634
By Mr. Keays 463 5
Franks, Wilfred Joseph,
By Mr. Hope 4636
By Mr. Robb 4650
By Mr. Keays 4652
By Mr. Robb 4705
By Mr. Keays 4706
Hartleib, Ervine F. Recalled,
By Mr. Hope 4714
By Mr. Keays 4714
Siple, Charles E. Recalled,
By Mr. Hope 4715
By Mr. Keays 4715
By Mr. Robb 4716
By Mr. Keays 4717
Hartleib, Ervine F. Recalled,
By Mr. Keays 4713
By Mr. Robb 4726
Richmond, James Wm. Recalled,
By Mr. Keays 4723
By Mr. Robb 4739
Badgley, John Beresford,
By Mr. Hope 4740
By Mr. Keays 4740
Keays, Mrs. Edith,
By Mr. Keays 4763
By Mr. Robb 4773
Badgley, Mrs. Elizabeth,
By Mr. Keays 4731
Keays, John E., Recalled, (in reply) 4735